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Dec
30

I stumbled onto WANdisco's new Subversion community site:

WANdisco Subversion Community

It has some features similar to Facebook. I already signed up and lurk there regularly.

posted @ Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:49 AM by Hector Sosa, Jr

Posted in: Subversion, Website

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Dec
27

The UI design has been frozen. I need a couple more tweaks and it will be completely designed and coded. Here's a screenie of the UI having a directory as the source, and the split by line splitting strategy selected:

I created a new forum group just for Text File Splitter. I already posted a Visual Studio template to create new file pattern tokens on the File Patten Tokens forum. This will install a generic template in Visual Studio 2008, for people who want to create custom tokens. It will look like this once it is installed, from the Add New Item menu:

I will be doing the same for File Splitting Strategies very soon.

posted @ Sunday, December 27, 2009 11:11 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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Dec
20

I now have the basic infrastructure to load file splitting strategies using MEF. Here's a screenshot of the split by line strategy selected in the UI:

So, with a bit of C# programming, you should be able to create your own file splitting strategies.

I got the basic functionality of the file pattern tokens dialog done. I added one more feature that I still need to implement. I wanted to give users the ability to type in their own file names, so that they can see how the file pattern will affect the file name. Here's a screenshot of what I have so far:

I'm hoping to have most of the file splitting stragegies on version 1.5.1 implemented before Christmas.

posted @ Sunday, December 20, 2009 8:10 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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Dec
18

I finally nailed a good UI for the File Pattern configuration. On top of that, I made these tokens to be plugins using MEF. This means that others will be able to create File Pattern tokens to handle naming file chunks. Here's the latest screenshot of the main window, and the File Pattern Token drop down dialog:

posted @ Friday, December 18, 2009 11:55 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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Dec
16

I'm testing a drop-down dialog for the File Pattern functionality:

I'm also experimenting with a new icon. This is pretty close to what I want, but it still needs work.

posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:33 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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Dec
16

I'm still having pain from the surgery, and I woke just a little while ago. I couldn't go back to sleep, so I decided to work on Text File Splitter 2 UI some more. This is pretty close the final form. I'm still trying to figure out how to show tokens for the file pattern. I'm currently leaning towards popping up a dialog with a list of tokens and explanations.

Each splitting strategy will have its own custom configuration control. That's why the panel below the "Configure Strategy" header is empty. I'm going to use MEF, to allow people to create their own custom splitting strategies in C#. Hopefully, people will start sharing strategies with others, and create some cool stuff with it. This means that I will create a mini-SDK for this with sample code, when I get done.

Anyways, here's the latest screenshot:

posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:45 AM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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Dec
15

I finally got a chance to start working on the next version of Text File Splitter. I'm almost done with the UI. Here's a screenshot of what I have so far:

This is by no means the final UI, just want I'm working on right now. I really want to blow everybody's socks away with this release. Stay tuned!

posted @ Tuesday, December 15, 2009 7:18 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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Dec
13

I had somebody ask me for specs on Twitter about the modules that I would like to see. I call this list the Micro Independent Software Vendor (mISV) pack.

I don't have the time to create something like this, but I do know that there is serious interest in having an integrated solution like I outline below.

Customer Licensing Center

  • Gives the ability for customers to see what licenses they currently own
  • Allows admins to import sales/licensing information from external license tracker systems.
  • Allows admins to match imported customers to existing accounts, or create new ones.

License Dispenser for DNN Portal

  • Allows admins to setup a license dispensing system, either custom or 3rd party liscening schemes.
  • Allows admins to do online activation of their software.
  • Integrates with gateways like FastSpring, Plimus, eBay, and Google Checkout.
  • Integrates with customer licensing center.

Opt-In Email Marketing

  • Allows admins to send reminders to customers for any expiring license subscriptions.

I think this can be already be done with DataSprings Opt In Email module.

Ticket/Case System

  • Allows admins to integrate with their DotNetNuke portal
  • Allows integration with their current version control system

There are many good stand-alone web products in this category, but I find it infuriating having to send customers to a separate web app. Heck, even a module that has the basic functions in DNN would be welcome. I created a prototype that would read tickets from JIRA. Unfortunately, I don't have the code anymore.

CRM System

  • Allows admins to integrate with their DotNetNuke portal
  • Allows integration with the ticket/case system, and the licensing center.

Again, there are many good web and desktop solutions, but I want to see this in my DotNetNuke portal. I REALLY hate sending customers to a separate web app for this.

Robust KB App

I have found that I like InstantKB.NET a whole lot. I would love to have this integrated with DotNetNuke as well. My dream scenario would be integrate with a forum, where there would be a button for "Create KB Article" which would copy the contents of the thread and start a new article.

posted @ Sunday, December 13, 2009 1:21 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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Dec
09

I'm happy to announce that version 1.1.0 has been released. This version includes the following:

NEW - Automatic Subversion server discovery
NEW - Automatic PainlessSVN configuration, if server is found in above step
NEW - Configuration wizard
NEW - More information on objects selected in treeview, on the contents pane
NEW - Status of svnserve Windows service, if any is found

Go to the Downloads page to get your free trial. I reset the trial, so people who have previously tried it, can have another 30 days.

Cheers!

posted @ Wednesday, December 09, 2009 8:01 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

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